Dodge May Have Its Own Deadly Ignition Problem
One child killed in alleged incident
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 23, 2014 1:29 PM CDT
This 2006 file photo shows 2006 Dodge Ram pickups.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

(Newser) – It looks like GM has some company in the faulty ignition switch club. Regulators are investigating complaints that certain older model Dodge Ram pickup trucks may have a defect that allows them to turn on even if no one his holding down the clutch, Bloomberg reports. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's gotten three complaints about the defect—including one in which a young child accidentally started a truck and fatally struck another child.

In another case, a truck turned on while it was being worked on, knocking the handyman to the ground. The investigation involves about 110,000 vehicles—namely 2004-2006 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, reports the Detroit News. The investigation is the first step that could lead a potential recall. (GM already has a record number of those this year.)

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What_the
May 25, 2014 9:22 AM CDT
GM is fortunate they aren't Toyota. If they were Toyota, there would be a much-earned criminal indictment. Not going to happen with this DOJ.
TwoSheds
May 23, 2014 7:33 PM CDT
Not good. I wonder if the engine actually starts or do they just lurch forward from the force of the starter motor?
scalar
May 23, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
For the last 14 years I have driven a diesel "punch buggy" Bug with five on the floor. It does 45 mpg and pulls an 8 by 4 trailer with a pay-load of 1,500 lbs. It has 175 k on the clock and fires up every time, I get a few sneers from guys in trucks and even had someone in a jeep try to run me off the road but you know what, it's a blast to drive and I've even made 400 gls of my own fuel so you can keep youre gas guzzling behemoth and I'll have the last laugh......................